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1,900 students converge in Olongapo for nat’l contests

Over 1,900 of the most creative and skilled secondary students in the country will be competing in the 2014 National Festival of Talents (NFOT) which the Department of Education (DepEd) opens today at the Olongapo City Convention Center.

Department of Education (DepEd) Region 3 Director Isabelita Borres said Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. will lead the opening program for this year’s competition anchored on the theme “Optimizing Creativity and Innovation for Social Change and Development.”

“NFOT aims to provide opportunities for students to showcase their talents and learning in language, arts, social studies, and technology and livelihood education through an exhibition of their products and performances and provide parallel learning sessions for teachers and students to enhance their knowledge and skills in their respective fields of interest,” Borres said.

NFOT 2014 has six disciplines, namely: Technolympics, Television Broadcasting, Sining Tanghalan, Population Quiz, Tagisan ng Talino, and Foreign Languages.

“In Technolympics, students compete in mini cabinet organizer making, t-shirt printing and designing, steel baluster making, nail art with hand massage, coming up with casual children’s wear, hair styling with facial make-up, experimental fish dish, landscaping, experimental cookery from dressing to meal presentation, tarpaulin designing, web page designing, PC assembly with configuration and networking, and marketing of products,” Borres shared.

In Television Broadcasting, students of pilot schools with Special Program in Journalism shall come up with an actual newscast complete with an infomercial.

Sining Tanghalan shall consist of Bayle sa Kalye (Modern Street Dance Parade), Likhawitan (Original Pilipino Music Songwriting Exhibition), Pintahusay (On-the-spot Painting), Sineliksi (Documentary Film Exhibition), and Manik-Aninong Dulaan (Scriptwriting and Shadow Puppetry Exhibition).